Thursday, 10 May 2012

Assignment 5: Applying the techniques of illustration and narrative

The Thousand Cellars Trails
discovery walks on the slopes of Starzsa-Hill, Monor, Hungary

The story

The trails are located in the Strázsa Hill Cellar Village (Monor), which is home to nearly 1,000 wine cellars. The trails provide insights into the history of Hungarian wine culture. 
The visitors can admire the special features of Strázsa Hill and the local architecture.

"In the  last third of the 18th century, the people of Monor stored their wine either in their dwellings or in small cave-like cellars dug into loess walls. This oriental form of storage was later gradually displaced due to the influence of Western  European  viticulture  brought  to  the  area  by  immigrating  catholic serfs.

In Transdanubia at that time, Roman-style press houses were becoming more and more widespread. Meanwhile in Monor, the cave-like cellars were being replaced by peasants' cellars 6 to 7 metres deep, 10 to 15 metres  long and, on  average,  2.5 metres wide.  These,  like  their  predecessors, were  dug  into the loess.

It was at the beginning of the 19th century that cellar owners began to build huts  and  later  press  houses  in  front  of  their  cellars,  this  being  made necessary by the advent of modern presses at the turn of the century. 
The various shapes of press houses reflect the economic circumstances of the time,  the  architectural  culture  of  their  owners,  and  the  functions  they fulfilled.  They were  used  to  store  the  press,  vats,  and  other wine-growing tools. They also functioned as temporary lodgings at the time of pruning and harvest. While pressing  their grapes after harvest, vineyard owners used  to visit one another at their press houses and discuss the of meaning life.  

Since  the  beginning  of  the  20th  century,  press  houses  have  become increasingly popular as places for family occasions and friendly get-togethers. 
These  buildings  bring  nature,  man,  and  culture  together  under  one  roof, which makes them a perfect place for  local people and their guests to enjoy good wine." 

Cover page:
I thought that I choose a typical image that is representative of the chosen theme. But I made a photo from a grandma and her grandchild. I felt: it's represent the spirit of the place.
The old woman relies on his staff. She is slow, and she looks at the kid, who is running. I think this image expresses the hope in the future.

Page 2:
Here are images appear, showing the typical buildings.

Page 3:
The doors and windows are unique parts of the cellars.

Page 4:
The small details (locks and padlocks) make it interesting of the cellars.

Page 5:
The grape is the basis of the wine. Well-organized plantations are everywhere on the hill.

Page 6:
Faith, hope and confidence protects this place for centuries.

Page 7:
The past and future are simultaneously on the spot.

Page 8:
Both old and new can be found here.

Page 9:
Intimate pathways and original attractions on offer.

The other pictures of this assignment:

Excercise: Symbols - crime

I made this picture after a bank robbery. The police shot the robber.
It was night - and everything was moving - but the body of SWAT unit member and his weapon are sharp. It's a powerful visual message.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Excercise: Symbol - Growth

This small plant - I think - properly expressing the growth and the "will to live".

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Excercise: Symbol - the poverty

Today was a large ceremony mass in Basilica of Esztergom. Many politicians, ministers took part in it. Meanwhile, outside a homeless begging... 

He was very poor, and standing next to the governmental AUDI A8...

"You have the poor with you always, but you will not always have me." Matthew 26:11